Generally, the last week of the semester is scheduled for the Final Critiques of the design studios. Final Critiques of design works of freshmen to final year were held this semester from 27 to 30 November, 2016. Mustapha Khalid Palash, Nurur Rahman Khan, Khalid Ahmed Khan, Khawja Shamsuddin and Naim Ahmed Kibria were present as guest critics in different critique sessions. All members of the faculty along with the students of the department attended the jury.
The movement towards achieving universal health coverage (UHC) is gaining momentum in Bangladesh following its endorsement as one of the targets of the Sustainable Development Goals. JPGSPH, with the support from USAID’s Health Finance and Governance project, and in collaboration with the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare’s (MoHFW) Health Economic Unit (HEU), is implementing a project to raise nationwide awareness on UHC through advocacy and communications.
To strengthen the impact of the movement towards achieving universal health coverage, the Centre of Excellence for Universal Health Coverage at JPGSPH organised a short course on UHC for 22 public health researchers and academicians. The course was held from 28 - 30 November 2016.
The course aimed to enhance the capacity of UHC stakeholders in Bangladesh, analysing key issues on health system performance, supporting evidence-based policy formulation, and monitoring the results in reforming the process to support UHC in Bangladesh. The sessions were conducted by expert facilitators of respective fields, with participants actively engaging throughout the sessions and group exercises.
Ashadul Islam, Director General, HEU, MoHFW; Lynda Tison, USAID; Syed Masud Ahmed, Malabika Sarker, Taufique Joarder and members of CoE-UHC attended the welcome session.
On 30th November, 2016, BRAC Institute of Educational Development (BIED) conducted the second edition of its ‘Student-Led Seminar’. The seminar aims to be a platform for experts, professionals and researchers, working in the area of education and cross-cutting issues. Among the audience members were representatives and officials from UNICEF, Population Council, BRAC International, BRAC Skills Development, as well as faculty members, researchers and officials of BIED.
The theme of the seminar was Socio-Emotional Learning and its importance. Ms. Rafiath Rashid, Program Manager, Education, BRAC International and a graduate of BIED’s Master of Science in Early Childhood Development (MSc in ECD) program, presented her Master’s Thesis, titled, ‘Exploring Play-Based Pedagogy In Children’s Social and Emotional Development in NGO-Run Pre-Primary Schools in Dhaka’. Ms. Rashid discussed the lack of free play for children, and the limited role of teachers in play-related activities in educational institutions. She also showcased the absence of activities that foster the emotional development and self-worth of students and highlighted the negative perception among mothers regarding play and outdoor play activities.
Ms. Rashid’s study recommended capacity building of teachers working on play-based learning; longer periods of free play; designing a curriculum that incorporates socio-emotional learning of students as well as parental education.
An engaging discussion regarding the perception of play and learning followed, intending to take forward the practice and promotion of socio-emotional learning in early years.
- An article titled “Indo- Bangladesh economic relations-- a story of unrealized potentials” was published in the Financial Express anniversary issue on 10 November, 2016.
- “Bastob Orthonaitik Paristhiti O Gelo Orthobochorer Probridhi Har Bitorko” published in the Bengali daily newspaper Bonik Barta on 30 November 2016.
06 November: Dr. Mirza Azizul Islam delivered a lecture at the training programme for young professionals of BRAC. The topic of the lecture was macroeconomic performance of Bangladesh. The lecture dealt with growth and inflation in Bangladesh over time and in comparison with neighboring countries. The lecture was followed by a question- answer session.
09 November: Dr. Mirza Azizul Islam chaired a meeting of the jury board set up by the Institute of Chartered Secretaries to select nominees for best Corporate Governance Award. The other members of the Board are Mr. Hossain Zillur Rahman, former Adviser, Caretaker Government, Mr. Faruk Ahmed Siddiki, former Chairman, Securities Exchange Comission, Mr. Md. Firoz, former Commerce Secretary and Mr. Sohel Ahmed Chowdhury, former Commerce Secretary. Decisions were taken regarding revision of the categories of companies as well the criteria for nomination.
20 November: Dr. Mirza Azizul Islam was the Chief Guest at a mock Parliament session organized by the TV channel Bangla Vision. The Government side was represented by selected students from Bangladesh University of Professionals and the opposition side was represented by students from Dhaka International University. The subject matter of discussion was “Social Safety net”. The initiatives taken by the Government in this regard, the financial adequacy, the quantitative coverage of the poor and flaws in implementation were discussed.
27 November: Dr. Mirza Azizul Islam was a participant at a discussion on governance of the financial sector broadcast by TV channel NEWS 24. The other participant was Mr. Abdul Hye Sarkar, founder President of Dhaka Bank. The present status of governance in various segments of the financial sector, prevailing weaknesses and actions needed to address them were discussed.
29 November: Dr. Mirza Azizul Islam participated in an Expert Group Meeting convened by the Centre for Policy Dialogue. Other participants included the chief economist of Bangladesh Bank, former Director General of BIDS, Executive Director of Policy Research Institute and several other prominent economists of the country. The discussions focused on growth prospects for FY17, issues relating to social safety net, remittance and debt sustainability.
The Listening Lab of BRAC University organizes weekly listening activities to provide the learners an opportunity to practice and improve their listening skills through diverse listening activities, games and competitions. On November 30, 2016, the winners of the competitions were awarded with attractive prizes for their achievements. Md. Ragib Nehal, Choity Saha, and Amreen Chowdhury received the prizes as best performers of Fall 2016. All of them are first semester students of ENG091 (Foundation Course in English).
The sessions were held every Wednesday from 3.30 pm to 4.30 pm in the Listening Lab this semester and conducted by the faculty members of BRAC Institute of Languages (BIL). In every session, students participated in different competitions on listening skills.
Farhana Manzoor of B.S. in microbiology program of the Mathematics and Natural Sciences Department presented her thesis on November 28, 2016. The title of her thesis is “Detection of ETEC Toxins and Identification of Molecular Basis of Extended Spectrum Beta-Lactamase (ESBL) Mediated Resistance in a Multidrug Resistant Enterobacter Agglomerans Strain”. The work was supervised by Dr. Md. Kaiissar Mannor, Head, Institute for Developing Science and Health Initiatives (ideSHi). The Viva Board was chaired by Professor Dr. A. A. Z. Ahmad. Professor M. Mahboob Hossain, Ms. Trosporsha Tasnim Khan, Ms. Namista Islam and Ms. Nazneen Jahan were present in the Viva Board as members of the Examination Committee.
Four students pursing MS degree in biotechnology defended their theses work on 28 November 2016. Of the four students Mr. Shah Sharfin worked at the Incepta Pharmaceutical Ltd to test the waste water quality. His thesis title was “Isolation, Characterization, Identification and Microbial Susceptibility Testing of Bacteria Associated with Pharmaceutical Waste Water Treatment”. The work was jointly supervised by Mr. Md. Hasanuzzaman, Senior Manager, QC, Incepta Pharmaceutical Ltd and Professor M. Mahboob Hossain, MNS Dept. The other three candidates, Ms. Shezote Talukder Shithi, Ms. Shafina Nuzhat and Dr. Visnu Pritom Chowhdury worked at icddr,b completing their research studies. Ms. Talukder’s thesis title was “Screening of G6PD Mutaion and Polymorphism using High Resolution Melt Curve Analysis”. She performed the work under the joint supervision of Prof. Firdousi Qadri and Dr. Kaisar Ali Talukder, icddr,b,. Ms. Shafina Nuzhat worked under the joint supervision of Md Mahbubur Rahman, icddr,b and Professor M. Mahboob Hossain, MNS Dept. Title of her thesis was “Prevalence and Patterns of Antimicrobial Resistance in Salmonella Enterica Serovar Typhi and Salmonella Enterica Serovar Paratyphi, Bangladesh”. Dr. Visnu Pritom Chowhdury worked under Dr. Kaisar Ali Talukder, icddr,b,. His thesis title was “A Statistical Correlation Between Virulence Genes and Clinical Features Among Patients with Shigellosis in Mirzapur, Bangladesh”. All the thesis were praised by the Examination Committee, headed by Prof. A. A. Ziauddin Ahmad. During the presentation Professor Naiyyum Choudhury and Dr. Aparna Islam, Associate Professor and Coordinator of the MS Biotechnology Program were present along with the supervisors.
Professor A.A.Z. Ahmad was the Special Guest in the Awareness Building Program on Nuclear Power Generation arranged by the Law Society of School of Law, BRAC University and Rotary Club of Dhaka North South held in the BRAC University Auditorium on Monday, 28 November, 2016 at 3.00 pm. Dr. M. Shafiqul Islam, Department of Nuclear Engineering, University of Dhaka was the keynote speaker. Mr. Mohammad Ayub, District Governor RI District 3281 was the Chief Guest at the function attended by faculty members, researchers from different universities and R/D organizations and BRACU students.
Md Tarek Hossain and Dr. Nahitun Naher, Senior Research Associates from Centre of Excellence for Universal Health Coverage (CoE-UHC), JPGSPH, BRAC University participated in a hands-on training programme on the application of World Health Organization's Workload Indicator of Staffing Needs (WISN) Tool in Bangladesh. The training, which was held from 25 – 27 November, was organised by Human Resource Management Unit of The Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, Government of Bangladesh. Renowned expert Dr Gulin Gedik, WHO-EMRO facilitated the sessions.
Aside from information on WISN methodology, the training provided attendants took part in an exercise using data in the context of Bangladesh and applying the software, while learning from Namibia’s experiences.
Ms. Nureen Faiza Anisha, Research Associate has been conferred the “REX Karmaveer Global Fellowship (RGKF)’’ on 27 November 2016 by iCONGO- International Confederation of NGOs, India instituted with the UNKarmaveer Chakra is the Medallion of honour to recognize people who have the courage of conviction to think differently and walk the path less trodden and to act on alternative/ innovative ideas which may make a difference in our world. The fellowship recognizes and applauds the social commitment of concerned individuals, who have proactively and voluntarily worked for bringing a positive transformation in the society and the world we live in. RKGF is inclusive of people who are making a difference in Technology, Innovation, Entertainment, Media, Design, Performing Arts, Architecture, Engineering, Aviation, Creative Arts, Fine Arts, Sciences, and Humanities and several other disciplines and sectors. Ms. Nureen also gave a speech on climate change and society at the event.
From 27 November to 1 December 2016, Bangladesh Institute of Peace Support Operation Training (BIPSOT) conducted DDRC - Disarmament, Demobilization, and Reintegration (DDR) Course. The course took place in Academic Building of BIPSOT, located at Rajendrapur Cantonment adjacent to the Bhawal National Park, Gazipur. The course aimed to train on the peace and conflict issues, principles, procedures and practices involved in planning, coordination and conduct of DDR programs with a view to enhance capacity and effectiveness to perform in United Nations (UN) peace keeping operation. The course highlighted on IDDRS concepts, policies, strategies, environments, contexts, challenges, planning, implementation, vulnerability and sensibility of different groups, the cross-cutting issues involved in DDR. In addition to international ones, the discussions also included examples of national peace programs conducted by various governments including Bangladesh Government. There were two case studies where participants where arranged into syndicates and had to present their views. The course was highly interactive and expressed a lack of sufficient ICT support in the DDR process. It includes, lack of IT solutions for deduplication of participants, requirement of great flexibility on the planned solutions at all stages, identifying recurrence, ICT training for effective demobilization and reintegration phases, etc.
Annajiat Alim Rasel, Lecturer III and undergraduate course coordinator, Department of Computer Science and Engineering (CSE) was nominated from BRAC University (BRACU) to participate in the program. Other invitees included potential participants from University of Dhaka, Jahangirnagar University, Army, Navy, Air Force, Police, Overseas, Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MoFA), Ministry of Home Affairs (MoHA), Ministry of Social Welfare (MSW), and Ministry of Women & Child Affairs (MoWCA). It may be noted that BIPSOT and BRACU signed MoU (1, 2, 3, 4) back in December 14, 2015. From BIPSOT, Chief Instructor Brig Gen Abu Md Shafayet Hossain, ndc, psc, Senior Instructor - 1 Col Mustafizur Rahman, Senior Instructor – 2, Col Abu Jahid Siddiqui, psc, Instr Cl A, Lt Col Md Shabbir Ahmed Siddiqui, and Course Coordinator & Instr CI-A Lt Col S M Ashraful Islam, psc, ASC facilitated in the course and shared their expertise about DDR. Key participants included Deputy Secretary, Ms. Raina Ahmed, Ministry of Women & Child Affairs (MoWCA), and Lt Col Rajapakse, Sri Lanka. Professor Lailufar Yasmin, Department of International Relations, University of Dhaka, was the guest speaker for two sessions, namely, “Children and DDR: Seen, but not Heard” and “Women and Gender in DDR”. Souvenirs were handed to civilians and overseas participants. The training concluded with a certificate awarding ceremony.
The CED Entrepreneurs’ Den Program [The Business Plan Competition (BPC), Round-3] organized by Centre for Entrepreneurship Development (CED), BRAC University, is a competitive event to encourage the students who want to become successful entrepreneurs. After the circulation of the program, initially twenty seven (27) groups registered to participate for the program. Out of the registered groups, nine (8) groups of students qualified for the final presentation through elimination process after submitting their business plans according to the supervision of the mentors.
The final presentation of BPC [Round-3] was held on 26 November 2016 (Saturday) at BBS Conference Room, BRAC University. The seven (7) jury members led by Professor Dr. Rahim B. Talukder (Adviser, BBS and CED, BRACU) was there to judge the business plans submitted by the aspiring incubatees.
After the final presentation, the Jury Panel has selected the following four (4) groups for seed funding as well as for providing Incubating services from Business Incubation Centre of BRAC University managed by Centre for Entrepreneurship Development (CED), BRAC University:
1. Rapido Foodie
2. Rock Paper Scissors Papercrafts
National Oceanographic and Maritime Institute (NOAMI) arranged the above-mentioned seminar on Saturday, 26 November, 2016 at 5pm at NOAMI Office at 10/8, Eastern Plaza, 9th floor, Sonargaon Road, Dhaka-1205.
Dr. Samarendra Karmakar, Former Director, Bangladesh Meteorological Department presented the seminar, which was based on a project carried out with financial assistance from the Ministry of Science and Technology, Government of Bangladesh. The audience consisted of NOAMI members and researchers from different R/D organizations. The function was presided over by Professor A.A.Z. Ahmad.
BUAC participated in the Dhaka International Half Marathon 2016 named “The Big Bangla Run” which was held on 25 November, 2016 with a view to promoting healthier way of living. It is the fourth international running event in Dhaka, with participation of more than 5000 runners including the world-famous elite athletes with the track passing the major landmarks of the city making the Half Marathon became an unrivalled event in South Asia.
30 students from BUAC participated in this marathon and almost everyone completed the 21km run successfully. The run started at 6:30am in the morning from Gulshan to Hatirjhil, Tejgao Industrial Area, ending in Manik Mia Avenue at 9:30am.